UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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This research project is an in-depth qualitative study that aims to add to nascent local research literature investigating the nature of arts teaching in schools. Through 18 case studies of community nominated 'outstanding' arts educators in dance, drama, music, and visual arts, the study will examine how these arts educators define teaching in the arts and how they actually teach and engage students in the various arts disciplines.

This is a collaborative project between NIE, the Ministry of Education's Co-Curricular Activities Branch (CCAB) and the National Arts Council (NAC).

Rather than highlighting ‘best practices’, the findings below seek to provide an authentic view of teaching moments. In each tab, you will find videos of teaching, lesson plans, practitioners’ reflections and narratives, student work, and material artifacts of teaching and learning. We hope that this page will become a resource for teacher professional development hence we invite all educators to view this gallery.

In this documentation project, informed consent was obtained from participating teachers and parents; assent was also obtained from the students. We are grateful to all these teachers, principals, students, and families for making this project possible.

Funders: This project is made possible by a generous grant from the National Institute of Education, Office of Educational Research (OER 7/10 LCH – Images of Practice in Arts Education in Singapore) & a National Arts Council (Singapore) grant

Principal Investigator: Lum Chee Hoo

Co Principal Investigators: Prudence Wales, Sirene Lim May Yin, Pamela Onishi Costes, Cecily Charlotte Cheo, Eric Peter Stead, Goh-Leung Lai Keun, Susie Lingham

Research Assistants: Tai Shuxia, Donn Gonda, Ysa Marie Cayabyab, Lu Shanhwa, Clarence Tan, Tai Shixiong, Pau Xi Ling


1st Toa Payoh Primary School
Ai Tong Primary School
Ang Mo Kio Secondary School
Assumption Pathway School
Cedar Primary School
CHIJ Katong Convent
Elias Park Primary School
Eton House Pre-School (Vanda Road)
Mayflower Primary School
Montfort Junior School
Nanyang Girls High School
National Institute of Education
North Vista Primary School
Pasir Ris Secondary School
Paya Lebar Methodist Girl’s School
Queenstown Primary School
Singapore American School
St. Anthony’s Canossian Primary School
St. Hilda’s Primary School
Tampines North Primary School
Tampines Primary School
West Spring Secondary School
Yishun Primary School
Yishun Secondary School

Other Participants

Senior Participants from Jurong Spring Community Club and Youth Volunteers from Singapore Polytechnic








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